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Children's LiteratureIn March 1841, John Tyler took office as the Vice-President of the United States of America under President William Henry Harrison. When Harrison died one month later, Tyler became the tenth president. President Tyler was known as a difficult leader, often moody and unwilling to compromise. He believed in the states' rights to govern without too much interference from the federal government. Tyler came from a wealthy family who owned a twelve hundred acre tobacco plantation worked mainly by slaves. When Tyler's father died, he left him five hundred acres of land and slave labor. Tyler was well educated, becoming a lawyer and later going into politics. He worked his way up to Governor of Virginia, the United States Senate, and then to the vice-presidency. Tyler was a strong president who couldn't be controlled by Congress. He vetoed six bills while in office. The Whig party tried to get rid of Tyler by beginning an impeachment process, but he finished out his term. His chief goal as president was to add Texas to the nation. Nine months after Tyler left office, Texas became the twenty-eighth U. S. state. Tyler retired to his plantation in Virginia where he and his wife raised fifteen children. Black-and-white and color illustrations, a time line, library resources, and Web sites are included. Part of the "Profiles of the Presidents" series. 2003, Compass Point Books, Ages 10 up.
— Della A. Yannuzzi